Isek_2014_LogoVenue: ISEK 2014 Conference, Rome

Date: Wednesday 16th July, 2014, 9-11 a.m.

The development of human-like robots is arousing interest in the bioengineering and health care communities, due to the high potential of bio-inspired robots to serve as test bed of motor control theories. Validating the biomechanical, neural and cognitive principles found in humans is of utmost importance for the development of more effective assessment and rehabilitation solutions. The European projects H2R and Koroibot propose this joint special session to bring together researchers interested in understanding the key principles of human locomotion through their embodiment into human-like structures.


The contribution will be mainly focused on the following key questions:

– Which are the key biomechanical, neural and cognitive principles behind human walking and posture?

– To what extent are humans and humanoids similar?

– Which is the role of simulation in understanding biological principles?

– How can “human-likeness” be measured on a quantitative basis?

– Is human motion guided by optimality principles?

– Which are the main applications to rehabilitation robotics?

– How can learning be appropriately formalized and applied?


Confirmed speakers:

Diego Torricelli (CSIC, Spain): Benchmarking schemes for the assessment and comparison of human-like locomotion skills.

Katja Mombaur (University of Heidelberg, Germany): Optimization-based transfer of motions between humans and humanoids

Thomas Mergner (University of Freiburg, Germany):  Postural robots for understanding human sensorimotor processing.

Philippe Soueres (LAAS-CNRS, France):  The humanoid robot: a tool for inferring and reproducing human movement

Massimo Sartori (UMG Gottingen, Germany): Modular control of locomotion. Simulation approaches.

Marrtin Giese (Universität Tübingen): Biologically-inspired learning-based representations of complex human body movements



Dr. Diego Torricelli, CSIC, Spain

Prof. Jose Luis Pons, CSIC, Spain

Prof. Katja Mombaur, University of Heidelberg, Germany


About the author:

Neural Rehabilitation Group, Cajal Institute
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

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“Developing humanoids to understand humans” – Special Session @ ISEK 2014

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